Jaya Ekadashi is a fasting practice that is observed on the ‘ekadashi’ tithi during the Shukla Paksha (the bright fortnight of moon) in the month of ‘Magh’ in the Hindu calendar. If you follow the Gregorian calendar it falls between the months of January-February. It is believed that if this ekadashi falls on a Thursday, it is even more auspicious. This ekadashi is also celebrated in the honour of Lord Vishnu, one of the three main Hindu deities.

The Jaya Ekadashi fast is observed by almost all Hindus, especially Lord Vishnu followers to receive His divine blessings. It is also a popular belief that by keeping this ekadashi fast, all the sins get washed away and the person will attain salvation. Jaya Ekadashi is also popularly referred as ‘Bhoumi Ekadashi’ and ‘Bhishma Ekadashi’ in some Hindu communities of South India, particularly the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Jaya Ekadashi 2017 was on February 07 Tuesday

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Lord Vishnu

Lord Vishnu

Rituals on the Jaya Ekadashi:

  • The main observer on the day of Jaya Ekadashi is the vrat. The devotees observe fasting for the whole day, without eating or drinking anything. In fact the vrat begins from the ‘dashami’ tithi (10th day). No food is eaten on this day after sunrise to ensure that complete fast is kept on ekadashi. Hindu devotees keep waterless fast from the sunrise of ekadashi until the sunrise of ‘dwadashi’ tithi (12th day). While fasting, the person must not let the feelings of anger, lust or greed enters their mind. This vrat is meant to purify both the body and the soul. The observer of this vrat must offer foods to respected Brahmins on the dwadashi tithi and then break their fast. One who keeps the vrat should not sleep all night and sing bhajans praising Lord Vishnu.
  • For people who cannot observe complete fasting, can even keep partial fast on milks and fruits. This exception is meant for elderly people, pregnant women and for those suffering from serious body ailments.
  • Even those who do not wish to fast on Jaya Ekadashi must abstain from eating food made from rice and all forms of grains. Applying oil on body is also not allowed.
  • Lord Vishnu is worshipped with complete dedication on Jaya Ekadashi. Devotees get up at sunrise and take an early bath. A small idol of Lord Vishnu is kept on the place of worship and the devotees offer sandalwood paste, sesame seeds, fruits, lamp and dhoop, to the lord. Reciting ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ and ‘Narayan Stotra’ is considered propitious on this day.

Important Timings On Jaya Ekadashi

Sunrise07-Feb-2017 07:07 AM
Sunset07-Feb-2017 18:14 PM
Dwadashi End Moment08-Feb-2017 11:29 AM
Ekadashi Tithi Begins06-Feb-2017 16:09 PM
Ekadashi Tithi Ends07-Feb-2017 13:47 PM
Hari Vasara End Moment07-Feb-2017 19:13 PM
Parana Time 07:07 AM - 09:20 AM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Significance of Jaya Ekadashi:

The importance and story of Jaya Ekadashi is mentioned in the ‘Padma Purana’ and ‘Bhavisyothara Purana’. Sri Krishna also described the greatness and way of observing this auspicious ekadashi vrat to King Yudhisthira, the eldest of the five Pandav brothers. Jaya Ekadashi vrat is so powerful that it can free the person from the most heinous sins committed, even ‘Brahma Hatya’. Jaya Ekadashi vrat holds double significance for the fact that ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the month of ‘Magh’ in which it falls is auspicious for Lord Shiva puja. Therefore this ekadashi is very important for devotees of both, Lord Shiva and Vishnu.

Jaya Ekadashi festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Monday, 10th of February
2015Friday, 30th of January
2016Thursday, 18th of February
2017Tuesday, 7th of February
2018Saturday, 27th of January
2019Saturday, 16th of February
2020Wednesday, 5th of February
2021Tuesday, 23rd of February
2022Saturday, 12th of February
2023Wednesday, 1st of February
2024Tuesday, 20th of February
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